Breakfast With Brady – PFL heavyweight tournament entrant Patrick “The Brick” Brady

Video interview above with PFL heavyweight tournament entrant Patrick Brady

The journey into cage fighting at a high-level for Patrick “the Brick” Brady has been a road that not many have been able to duplicate. Brady’s first fight was at 35-years of age.  I called his debut from cageside at Art of War Cage Fighting 8.  Brady lost a split decision in an all-out battle, as his thirst for competing was just beginning to develop.  Over the next 18-months, Brady would win four straight and he fought as a professional for the first time in December of 2021 at AOW 21.


“The Brick” has been soaking up the knowledge from many of his friends and teammates who are putting Philly MMA where they have not been before.  Brady’s head coach, Will Martinez, is a Bellator veteran who was a stellar 13-3-1 in the cage, has helped Pat get better every fight.  He trains with the Daukaus brothers, Chris and Kyle, regularly and remains very tight with UFC fighter Andre Petroski and has been getting in training sessions with him as well.  Being a good father, husband, and business owner, he has still somehow found the time to become a talented, well trained mixed martial artist.


Brady has continued to plow through the heavyweight division and was just crowned the AOW heavyweight champion in February. That makes five straight to begin his professional career.  Brady had several options after his title fight but showed patience in turning down a few opportunities.  His intuition paid off as Brady was offered and accepted an invitation to compete in PFL Season 2 Heavyweight Tournament.


“I’m the least experienced fighter of the heavyweights in the tournament,” Brady says. “I have only 5 fights and the next fewest is 13.  I’m also the oldest in the group.  I’m the underdog and none of the pressure is on me.  I’m going out there and I’m gonna give it everything I have.”

Patrick Brady and I also chat about the fight and his huge support system who he gives so much credit to.

This tournament has a top prize of one million dollars and Pat is one of 10 men at heavyweight who have a giant opportunity.  Brady will be facing the much more experienced Michal Andryszak (25-10) on April 7th from Las Vegas and will be live on ESPN+ as the 2023 PFL Regular Season begins.

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Photo by William McKee


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'Beautiful' Bob Meloni
More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews/pre-fight show host @ Art of War Cage Fighting and Ring of Combat The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.